I stopped by the print shop today to pick up the proofs that I had printed the other day. Having printed these proofs in somewhat of a flurry the other day, it was nice to pick them up and take a closer look.
What I was surprised was how I managed to get the spray paint to create a very fine grain aquatint. One of the reasons I like the spray paint aquatint is that the results are often coarser and more varied than what you would get with an aquatint achieved with rosin. The other reason is a practical one; spray paint aquatint is very fast compared to an aquatint box, and now that I’ve been doing it for a while I can spray paint my plate with almost perfect results every time. In these recent prints, the aquatint is so fine in some areas that it actually resembles rosin. I did have one zinc plate which open bit in many areas where the aquatint wasn’t sufficiently covering the plate, but I have to say that I was pleased with the results, even if they weren’t what was initially planned.
The other effect which I was feeling unsure about the other day was how accurately the sugarlift worked. In many areas, the sugarlift was extremely faithful to the original ink drawing, picking up every spot and texture created by the greasiness of the plate.
ART PROF is a free, online educational platform for visual arts for people of all ages to learn visual arts in a vibrant art community. Imagine all of the resources here on our blog, except exponentially bigger, in greater quantity, and in more detail. Our Kickstarter campaign hit its $30k goal on July 19! Get info on our future launch by subscribing to our email list.
Ask the Art Prof Live is a weekly live video broadcast on my Facebook page where I provide professional advice for art students and professional artists. Ask the Art Prof began as a written column in 2013 and was featured in the Huffington Post from 2013-2015. Ask me your questions by commenting on the live video post as the video streams, and I’ll answer right away. I’ll discuss being an artist today, art technique & materials, work strategies for artists, career advice, teaching art, and more. Like my Facebook page and you’ll receive a notification when each live video begins.
Video Critique Program
I offer 30 minute video critiques on 8-20 artworks for aspiring/professional artists working on a body of artwork, and for students working on an art portfolio for college admission. Watch sample video critiques and get more info here.